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How long have you been or were you doing this for a living or as primary means of income? Do you wish you didn't? Do you love it or hate it? If you hate it, when did you start hating it? Do you feel like you are a beggar sometimes or do you honestly believe you showman at all times? Do you feel dirty or manipulative for "stopping, keeping, and hatting"? Is your living about magic or that manipulation? Are you proud of yourself? If the subject goes into it expecting to work hard and with a dose of realism would you recommend this life? Is it possible to keep a healthy relationship if it was strong going in? Why the streets instead of a "normal show"? The challenge? The money? Make your own hours? Do you do this because you want to or because you can?
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I would love to answer these most perceptive questions of yours if only they might be numbered. Otherwise I'll get lost here on my phone and get everything jumbled up.
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1. How long have you been or were you doing this for a living or as primary means of income?

2. Do you wish you didn't?

3. Do you love it or hate it?

4. If you hate it, when did you start hating it?

5. Do you feel like you are a beggar sometimes or do you honestly believe you showman at all times?

6. Do you feel dirty or manipulative for "stopping, keeping, and hatting"? Is your living about magic or that manipulation?

7. Are you proud of yourself?

8. If the subject goes into it expecting to work hard and with a dose of realism would you recommend this life?

9. Is it possible to keep a healthy relationship if it was strong going in?

10. Why the streets instead of a "normal show"? The challenge? The money? Make your own hours?

11. Do you do this because you want to or because you can?

I number them because I really want to hear some answers. Good question
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Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to go back and edit in numbers.
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On Mar 12, 2014, fireperformer911 wrote:
1. How long have you been or were you doing this for a living or as primary means of income?


I've never done this for a living. (Good thing to, or I'd have starved to death by now) I am what's considered a "week end warrior."

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2. Do you wish you didn't?


Never! This is the best way for me to keep performing. I perform when I like, where I like and do WHAT I like.

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3. Do you love it or hate it?


I don't hate magic or busking. I do go through "dead periods" when I can't even open the case, but they pass.

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4. If you hate it, when did you start hating it?


Not applicable.

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5. Do you feel like you are a beggar sometimes or do you honestly believe you showman at all times?


Never! "Beggars" are the guys sitting on the side of the way with the cup and a sign that says "Please help." That's not what I do and certainly not what anybody else on this board (pretty much all of whom are better than me) do.
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6. Do you feel dirty or manipulative for "stopping, keeping, and hatting"? Is your living about magic or that manipulation?


Only if you're doing it without any entertainment at the time.

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7. Are you proud of yourself?


Let me tell you a story I told here earlier; I was working outside a playground when a mother was coming out with her child who was crying because she didn't want to leave. As her mother passed me she said; "She doesn't want to leave." And I responded; "Not at all, she's crying because she's got one of these stuck in her ear!" And pulled out a sponge ball! I did a sponge ball routine for her and at the end her father drove up in his car and the child said; "That's my daddy, I have to go now!" All smiles and happiness. At the very least, I'm entertaining people and at best, I have moments like that, so yes, I am very proud of myself and what I do.

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8. If the subject goes into it expecting to work hard and with a dose of realism would you recommend this life?


I don't know. I think the "dose of realism" has to be VERY large.

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9. Is it possible to keep a healthy relationship if it was strong going in?


As a "weekend warrior" I don't have that issue. The wife's never looking at me like; Why do you do this instead of getting a "real job." So I can't say.

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10. Why the streets instead of a "normal show"? The challenge? The money? Make your own hours?


I go with the make your own hours and set your own pace school of thought. I don't have to hire a hall, promote myself and sell tickets, I also don't have to answer to anyone who hired a hall, promoted me and sold tickets thinking I would be a good return on their investment.

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11. Do you do this because you want to or because you can?


I'm not certain there's a difference there. I want to do this BECAUSE I can!

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I number them because I really want to hear some answers. Good question
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1. How long have you been or were you doing this for a living or as primary means of income?
10 years

2. Do you wish you didn't?
no

3. Do you love it or hate it?
love

4. If you hate it, when did you start hating it?

5. Do you feel like you are a beggar sometimes or do you honestly believe you showman at all times?
beggar is stinkin' thinkin'

6. Do you feel dirty or manipulative for "stopping, keeping, and hatting"? Is your living about magic or that manipulation?
even more stinkin' thinkin'

7. Are you proud of yourself?
pride goes before the fall

8. If the subject goes into it expecting to work hard and with a dose of realism would you recommend this life?
this life is not something one chooses IMHO and I would not recommend anyone do anything

9. Is it possible to keep a healthy relationship if it was strong going in?
no problems in that area, but the relationship could hardly be called normal or average...special people for special people

10. Why the streets instead of a "normal show"? The challenge? The money? Make your own hours?
William Wallace said it best...FREEDOM!

11. Do you do this because you want to or because you can?
all of the above
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Thanks Shel! Ed, I really like your answers. Here's mine:

1) Hard to say. The first time I went out to learn on "the street" I was 16. First time I made money at it was 1985. I've done many other things in the years between though so steady? Exclusively? Maybe 20 years?


2) Not really. I'm not sure how my life would've been otherwise so its pointless, all the same, pointless never stopped me before.

3) Both. Mostly love unendingly but there are times...

4) I guess hate is too strong a word. Frustration is better. There are times when I feel extremely frustrated, never hate. I can be pretty thick and it sometimes takes me a long time to figure things out.

5) No way do I ever feel like a beggar, but I can understand why some might see me that way, and why you would ask such a question for that matter. But no, I am the captain of my ship.

6) If I was in this for just the money, it would be less rewarding, otherwise Ed's answer above says it all.

7) What difference could that possibly make? I've lived my life the way I wanted so far. Just doing what I feel I was put here to do.

8) Never.


9) I divorced my first wife long ago, before I became a full time magician. Met my second wife while performing. Been with her ever since and we're going on 25 years together. There's been difficult times, and it might all end tomorrow, but its been incredible.


10) It's honest.

As for the last question, if I was in this for the money, I would've changed professions long ago. This is a beautiful world filled with loving people. To know that is so much more rewarding.
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10. Why the streets instead of a "normal show"? The challenge? The money? Make your own hours?

Primarily because I get to interact closely with people and see their reactions to magic happening right before their eyes.
The presentation makes the magic.
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Wow that is a lot of questions. I'm only going to touch on a few with something that I feel is important to state.

I always act like a showman, so I do not understand why anyone would question if I feel like a begger. I don't act like a begger, therefore no I do not feel like a begger. I don't "beg" people to stop and watch, I just do what I do and if they want to stop and watch they will. There is nothing manipulative or dirty about it.

It is about attitude - a great magician knows he is a great magician; he doesn't question if people want to see what he is going to do - he knows people are going to want to see what he does. It is about portraying CONFIDENCE. Armchair quarterbacks tell me stupid stuff like I shouldn't turn my back to my audience ... why not? They aren't going nowhere. They want to see what I'm going to do next. I'm not afraid that they will run away. It shows them that I'm relaxed. Comfortable.

And yes ... I'm very proud of myself ... I let every audience know my name. Not something you do if you are ashamed.

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1. How long have you been or were you doing this for a living or as primary means of income?
The first time I hit the streets was at the age of 14 1982 but this was fly pitching this became fondatioanl to busking. Did a little bit of busking hear and there mainly a trical until 1991 then it became full time, Just like Eric I have done a tone of other related things around busking as well.! If we meet ask me about this story and I will tell you.

2. Do you wish you didn't?
Sitting hear in Thiland right now with my wife so no, freezing my nuts of in Glasgow winter on my own with my wife waiting for me to come home. I am thinking there has got to be an easier way to make a living.

3. Do you love it or hate it?
I love it, looking back even the cold times, made me the man I am today.

4. If you hate it, when did you start hating it?
I am greatful and I feel privileg.

5. Do you feel like you are a beggar sometimes or do you honestly believe you showman at all times?
Never felt like a beggar but there has has been a time when I was kicking out loads of shows in one day. This can feel like you might as well be producing sausages as opposed to being a showman. So I don't do loads of shows any more because I love being a showman.

6. Do you feel dirty or manipulative for "stopping, keeping, and hatting"? Is your living about magic or that manipulation?
don't understand number six!

7. Are you proud of yourself?
I am hard on my self

8. If the subject goes into it expecting to work hard and with a dose of realism would you recommend this life?
Depends on who I am talking to

9. Is it possible to keep a healthy relationship if it was strong going in?
This is your best question in my opinion. I think this comes down to you if you plan to hit the road and be away for months of the time then its going to be hard. If you have a wife and kids then don't leave them for busking. Then again service men and women or any performer who travels for that matter have the same challenge. I now travel and work with my Wife Lady Vee we have made it a policy that we are both happy with. Any trip that is longer than a week we go together all not at all seven years latter and we are going strong.

10. Why the streets instead of a "normal show"? The challenge? The money? Make your own hours?
Well I am open to bookings but the streets teach you the best, there is a saying amoungst us oldtime buskers you can take the busker of the streets but you cant take the street out of the busker and busking, feels quite normal to me!

Hope that helps


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Ha I missed number 11 it is a lot of questions but I hope it helps.

I first strated because I wanted to, now I do it because I want to and I can.
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